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Fred Johnson named Erie Insurance Wisconsin branch manager

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Johnson served as VP and branch manager in Canton, Ohio since 2018 and has been with ERIE for nearly 20 years

ERIE, Pa., July 31, 2021Erie Insurance (ERIE) has named Fred Johnson vice president and branch manager for ERIE's Wisconsin branch.

Johnson had served as VP and branch manager in Canton, Ohio since 2018. His appointment follows the departure of Wisconsin branch manager Rita Napieralski.

He joined the Canton Branch in 2002 as a claims data entry clerk while still in high school. He worked in the claims organization for 10 years in a variety of roles until being named a district sales manager in 2012 and being promoted to VP and branch manager six years later.

Johnson is founder and sponsor of the ERIE African American Affinity Network (EAAN) and a sponsor of the CamaradERIE Employee Resource Group that supports ERIE's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

He is a graduate of the University of Akron and active in the community as a member of the NAACP, Young Professionals Engaged in Stark County, Be a Better Me Foundation, United Way, March of Dimes and youth athletics.

Within the insurance industry, Johnson is a member of Business Professionals of America and the National African American Insurance Association.

“Not only are ERIE’s agents and customers in Wisconsin getting an experienced industry professional in Fred, but the community is also gaining a leader committed to getting involved and helping advance many of the social justice causes that Milwaukee is focused on,” said Rick Gordon, vice president and regional officer for ERIE’s west region. “Fred brings great enthusiasm and experience to this role and I look forward to seeing the contributions he makes to ERIE’s continued growth in Wisconsin and the local community.”

Johnson’s appointment to Wisconsin was effective July 15.